Must yoga be new-agey?
April 1, 2014 6:50 PM Subscribe
Interested in yoga after hearing it can help depression as well as increasing strength and flexibility. But I'm a skeptical atheist with no interest in the metaphysical spiritual aspects. Is yoga for me?
posted by waraw to Health & Fitness (39 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a middle-aged man leading a far too sedentary life who has long struggled with depression. My therapist has suggested I could benefit from yoga specifically moreso than just general exercise. But I'm hesitant because of the new-agey aspects of it. From the brief research I've done so far it seems some think it is possible, and some think any yoga without a spiritual component isn't yoga. I'd like to hear others' experience with this and any keywords or phrases to look for in identifying a more physical-based yoga regimen. Meditation is fine, chakras not so much. I do own a mat, but my funds are somewhat limited so I'm not sure I can afford a class.